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Pharmacy Technology, OEC


The UAA Pharmacy Technician program prepares students to work as pharmacy technicians. We offer a 16-credit occupational endorsement certificate that is offered exclusively online.  Upon successful completion of the OEC, students will be well-prepared to work in various settings as a pharmacy technician and to successfully sit for the national Pharmacy Technician Certification Board examination (PTCB). They will also have a solid background to continue further study in the field of pharmacy, pursuing a pre-pharmacy degree and ultimately a Doctor of Pharmacy degree.  The occupational endorsement is not contingent upon the student passing any type of external certification or licensure examination. Students should note that although this program has no age restrictions, the state of Alaska requires that all pharmacy technicians be at least 18 years of age prior to licensure.

Program Highlights

  • 16 credit Occupational Endorsement Certificate
  • Fall and Spring semester start options
  • Certificate can be completed in as little as two semesters of less than full-time enrollment
  • Program is exclusively offered in an online learning format
  • Courses are taught by experienced pharmacists and pharmacy technicians

What is a Pharmacy Technician?

Pharmacy technicians work in pharmacies under the direct supervision of a pharmacist. Under supervision they help prepare prescriptions, sometimes measuring, mixing, packaging, labeling and delivering medications to patients. They order supplies and help to keep pharmacy equipment clean. Pharmacy technicians also help to maintain confidential drug and patient records. Graduates of this program will assist licensed pharmacists as they provide medications and other drug devices to patients.

Alaska Licensure Information

Licensure is required before beginning employment as a technician.  We encourage all prospective students to become familiar with the licensure process as described by the Alaska Board of Pharmacy.